A hallmark of First Night Morris County and perhaps one of the core reasons for its longevity and appeal is the high quality of talent on the program. This New Year’s Eve celebration in Morristown, New Jersey’s biggest and brightest, is a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration of the arts – with nearly 200 artists, over 85 events in 26+ venues representing music, dance, theatre, visual arts, world cultures and children’s programming. More than half of the program features new artists (or artists returning after several years), many of whom have performed at top venues (The White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Ringling Brothers, Madison Square Garden), won international recognition, performed on national radio/TV , in major films and/or collaborated with superstars of performing arts.
For all 25 years, Morris Arts has provided the artistic programming, first by Carolyn Ward and, for the last ten years, by Dr. Lynn Siebert. As Siebert explains, “First Night provides an opportunity to introduce the larger community to the excitement of top quality live performance. It is also a chance for people to try something new – with little or no risk. At no extra cost, one can sample a topflight multi-artist tribute rock band, a performance by Japanese taiko drummers, learn steps with world class tap dancers, laugh with a classic Abbott & Costello skit in Shakespearean English, hear a Grammy nominated blues harmonica player, enjoy a comedy dog circus or experience big sounds from little instruments with a ukulele rock band. If one choice doesn’t work out, there are plenty of alternatives – all covered by the same admission button.”
With a conscious goal to provide top quality performances for many ages and tastes, First Night Morris County celebrates the richness and wonder of the arts. There are even includes two sets of fireworks! The tagline reads: “on New Year’s Eve, the Town becomes a stage”….with friends, families and individuals participating, connecting and sharing the excitement as a community. Don’t miss this unique and inspiring experience!
One inexpensive admission ($17.50 -$25) covers all events at First Night Morris County. Every venue is indoors and a free shuttle will take you to all locations. To purchase tickets please click here or call (973) 539-8008. See you there!